A repeater watch shows the past hours (dull beats), quarter hours (double beats) and minutes (single beats) at the push of a button. This makes it possible to "hear" the time at any time and even in the dark.
Example: 4 dark beats, 2 double beats and 6 single beats result in the time 4:36 or 16:36.
A repeater watch was first made in 1676. There was a need in the dark bedroom at night or in a carriage at night.
Edward Barlow (1636 - 1716) and Daniel Quare (1632 - 1724) developed the repeating mechanism at the same time, which was later supplemented by an "executor", which ensures that the striking mechanism only triggers when the repeater spring is fully tensioned, in order to avoid that not all the beats can be heard.
The repeater is not only available in the form of the minute repeater shown.
- as a quarter repeater in which the minute strikes are omitted.
- as a repetition of the striking hours on the Comtoise clock (see film).
- as a repetition of the ringing of alarm clocks.